Currently‚ level 5 water restrictions are in place until the national department of water and sanitation states otherwise. A decision on whether to increase the city’s water allocation is likely to be made in December.
While Cape Town residents seek reprieve in cold water‚ air-conditioned rooms and any shade they can find‚ Durban has a pleasant week ahead while Johannesburg will experience some unseasonably low temperatures on Monday evening and Tuesday morning with the mercury dropping to around 8˚C‚ before climbing again to the mid to late twenties during the course of the week.
Back in Cape Town: while water consumption is at risk‚ hot and windy weather also causes evaporation from dams. According to provincial minister of local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning Anton Bredell‚ the average dam level in the Western Cape has shown a slight decline for the first time since the end of the winter season.
The latest average level for dams in the province is 65.7% (compared to the nerve-racking 36.5% in 2017). “Major dams in the province are still markedly better off than last year at this time‚” he said‚ “with the Theewaterskloof dam still above 58% full and Clanwilliam Dam at 98%.”
He said the “greatest ongoing concern” remained the Karoo region of the Western Cape where the average level for dams stood at below 20%.
Here’s your five-day weather forecast for Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth: